Pantheon Ember – Best Mini Cruiser Commuter Deck Ever
What classifies a longboard as a “mini cruiser?” As in all things in life, the words we use are all relative to our related concepts and ideas. When you search for “mini cruiser” on google, you will likely find a host of what looks like chopped-nose street decks. They are everywhere! And then, hopefully, you will find the Pantheon Ember. Our Ember longboard is only 32.75 inches long. It’s on the larger side of what might be considered a “mini longboard,” but still smaller than most boards you’ll find on the internet. It’s also only 8.5 inches wide, which is right in the ballpark for a mini.
What sets this board apart from other mini longboards out there is the double dropped platform and its ability to use HUGE WHEELS without riser or bushing replacement. The absolute best way to commute via longboard is with large, soft wheels, and a low, dropped platform. In fact, after you try out the Ember, it is likely that you will think this is the only way to commute.
Why a Commuter Longboard?
There are lots of ways to commute. And many people out there that are considering skating are weighing the idea against biking, walking, or even an electric skateboard. If you live in an urban environment, you might have access to train, uber, and taxi, as well as the local bike paths. A board is something you can take in any of these environments with little difficulty. The more convenient your means of transportation is to carry with you, the easier it will be to adapt to your environment when you’re not using that transportation. This is the cornerstone concept of the Ember commuter longboard.
But stopping there would be the ignoring the most important part of your relationship with your skateboard.
RIDING THE EMBER
There is no more important part of owning a skateboard than riding it. And what makes the Ember the best mini cruiser in the world is its ease of use. If you are a beginner, safety will easily be one of your primary concerns. If you are an advanced rider of skateboards, fun and utility will be your main intention for a commuter board.
Mini cruisers have notoriously small sizes and therefore wheelbases. The Ember’s wheelbase is massive considering the board’s size. At 25 inches, you’re riding a longboard in prime downhill range, except you’re coupling that wheelbase with trucks that can carve at full depth with no possible wheelbite. This is longboarding. I’m not here to tell you that riding a 28 inch board with a 14-inch wheelbase and 60mm wheels sucks, but it’s not this. Hangups on the road become a thing of the past, and you can skate with the confidence of knowing wheelbite is a non issue.
There are a million ways to describe the feeling of smooth gliding over pavement. Creating an image of the wind blowing in your hair, flying past taxicabs stuck in traffic, surfing down a hill and leaning into a carve just on the edge of the wheel’s ability to grip. None of this means anything if you’re not actually capable of doing what you’re describing. The sexiness is gone, and you’re just a slightly-faster-than-pedestrian clearly-not-a-child on a tiny mini cruiser longboard thing that you can’t quite get ahold of.
If a board is hard to ride, it will require a level of skill to match to find its limits. Otherwise you’ll just be stuck finding your own. The idea of the Ember revolves around the fact that is just makes the most sense. High speed pushing and carving is made easier through ergonomic design:
- A skinny board – with a thin board, your push foot lands underneath your hips. Your center stays under your body, and your body doesn’t waste energy finding a center that is moving all over the place. Many mini cruisers have this, but what they are strongly missing is…
- A low board – a low board requires less energy to touch the ground to push off and gain speed. Every push you make is like a one-legged squat (that happens to be way more fun than a gym squat). Other mini cruiser style longboards are top mounted with small wheels, requiring more energy for each push. The Ember has a double dropped platform in a mini longboard package.
- Big wheels – nearly every mini cruiser longboard on the planet comes equipped with small wheels. Urethane is one of the most important and most expensive parts of your longboard. Quality urethane goes a long way, and quantity of urethane also also helps you go longer. There aren’t many worse feelings than going over the front. Large diameter wheels will make the road feel smoother and hold speed. And they’ll more easily roll over debris, cracks, and the toes of the less fortunate ambulators on the road. For a “mini cruiser” size, this is the safer and faster way to get where you’re going on your skateboard.
- No wheelbite – the Ember is designed SPECIFICALLY around traditional kingpin trucks (TKP). This is essentially any “street” truck that is 149mm width and up. We prefer using 149mm specifically, of which, there are many to choose from. This helps keep the overall setup slim (read point 1), and you can use this with up to 85mm wheels and ride without any worry of wheelbite. No other mini cruiser longboard has this. At least until someone copies us. Most mini cruiser completes sell with between 55 and 65mm wheels. SAFETY TIP: As always, check your setups before riding to make sure it works for you.
- Crescent Drop – we can rave about the crescent drop all day. It is strong and ergonomic. The crescent drop is our original design and can only be copied, not created. So far, nobody else has been able to do it to even close to our success in terms of both aggressiveness and size. The Ember comes with a 3/4-inch crescent drop. This exists nowhere else on a mini cruiser. Period. You can’t be this low, and this small, with a platform and wheelbase this big, without it. Good luck to the copiers. I wish patent law for wood bending was worth much, but it’s not. But you can get the first and the best right here. You see this shape in almost all of our boards because it’s that good.
Intention and Attention – Conclusion
The Ember takes the mini cruiser package and shows its intention through ride experience. The intention of the board is to win at commuting through form and function. And the attention to which we do this continues. When we designed this board, we took years of experience in skating and skateboard design, and we applied an ongoing and meticulous study of wood bending toward this one singular deck for this one singular purpose.
The attention we apply toward our intention ought to be clear by now. Look at the board, look at its purpose, and look at the effort we are applying toward conveying this message. It all comes together in crystalline form in the skateboard we name the Ember–the potential flame. If only it finds its way under your feet and moving.
Click here to purchase the Ember mini cruiser commuter longboard. We would be happy to assemble the best dedicated commuter longboard you’ve ever seen. Our options are limited because we are picky, and we want you to experience the board in the way its designed.